Founded in 2007, Bright Endeavors is a non profit social enterprise working to provide economic stability for adolescent parents. Ranging from 16 to 25, these parents are some of Chicago’s most at-risk. Through their parent company New Moms, Inc, Bright Endeavors supports their program participants in a holistic transformation.
Based on the belief that early intervention will prevent detrimental choices in at-risk youth that leads towards homelessness and unemployment, Bright Endeavors participants put into practice career-readiness skills in a supportive environment. During the hands-on practicum, participants gain crucial work experience in the areas of manufacturing, inventory, marketing, and customer service. Daily production goals help participants develop a sense of accountability and achievement. In a social enterprise setting, participants are required to see themselves as part of a bigger picture—learning accountability, and gaining self-confidence and direction.
The Dreambean Collection, Bright Endeavors line of eco-friendly products, funds the quality support services, job-training and career placement for participants. Featuring sustainable candles and bath salts, the products are made from soy and vegetable waxes, natural botanicals and fair trade soaking salts.
In 2012, New Moms broke ground on a green facility, enabling Bright Endeavors to grow while their parent organization could bring all their programs under one roof. Called the Transformation Center, the facility opened in 2013 with a daycare, large studio, commercial kitchen, offices, meeting spaces and 10 one-bedroom apartments. In 2012, New Moms served 257 adolescent parents and their 342 children—helping them make the changes needed in order to break negative cycles and move towards independence.
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